12 High-Paying Medical Jobs With Little Schooling

6 High-Paying Healthcare and Medical Jobs with Little Schooling

The medical field is one of the fastest growing and fastest evolving fields. It is full of highly-respected professionals who dedicate their days to helping people in need. If you are looking for a career that makes an impact, you may be wondering how you can get into the medical field—but do so relatively fast. We are amidst a global pandemic and some of the biggest milestones in healthcare. Like many individuals, you may be looking for a way to get involved as soon as possible. At the same time, you want to ensure you’ll be making a comfortable living while there. You are not alone!

The good news is, you do not always need to have a doctorate degree or complete a residency in order to land a high-paying medical career. In fact, there are many rewarding and high-paying healthcare jobs out there that require very little schooling to get started.

Below are the top six healthcare pathways we identified that require an associate degree or less. This means you can get started in a medical career you love, with strong salary potential, in a matter of a couple years and with just a small investment in school. The best part? All of these careers are in-demand, and are expected to grow along with the greater healthcare field.

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The the highest-paying medical job with the least amount of schooling is ultrasonographer. Depending on your state, you’ll only need either an associate degree in a related field (2 years) or a training certificate (as little as a year).

The shortest schooling for a medical career is a Diploma in Practical Nursing (DPN). In as little as 12 months, you can become a licensed pratical nurse (LPN) and be on your way toward becoming an registered nurse (RN).

Phlebotomy is the easiest medical field to get into and to practice. Part of your training can come online, and with an accelerated program, you can be ready for your state licensure exam in under a year.

Dental hygienist is the least stressful job in the medical field. A pleasant work environtment, consistent schedule, high pay, and great opportunities for growth all conspire to make dental hygienists’ jobs one of the happiest and least-burnt out in the medical field.

Nuclear medicine technologist

Primary duties: Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive medications, commonly known as radiopharmaceuticals, to conduct image scanning on patients’ bodies to observe abnormal body areas to diagnose and treat diseases. You may also operate imaging tools that help them assess these abnormal body parts for areas affected with cancer, tumours, or other malignant illnesses. You can become a nuclear medicine technologist after completing an Accreditation Canada accredited degree program and passing the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) professional examination.

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The 15 Most Beautiful College Campuses In The United States

Students walk down a tree-lined path towards a building on the Williams College campus, Williamstown, Massachusetts

The 15 Most Beautiful College Campuses In The United States

University of Virginia amphitheatre and Minor Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia

Whether searching for the perfect place to continue your education, or simply looking for a pretty spot to visit for the afternoon, visiting a campus known for its physical splendor, and not just its academic might, is a great way to get a sense of the school’s area.

Wander through masterfully constructed historical buildings, pristine gardens and take in the incredible mountain and ocean views. Here are 15 of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States that are worth experiencing for yourself.

Harvard University

Harvard University

Harvard University is a prestigious private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Harvard’s main campus is centered over 209 acres on Harvard Yard in Cambridge about three miles from downtown Boston, and it is surrounded by Harvard Square neighborhood. The central administrative offices, main libraries, academic buildings such as Sever Hall and University Hall, Memorial Church, and most of the freshman dormitories are all located Harvard Yard. Twelve residential houses provide accommodation for sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates. Nine of them are south of Harvard Yard and the other three are in a residential neighborhood northwest of the Yard at the Quadrangle. The university campus has a wide range of building styles that together provide a portrait of 300 years of informal history centering on American architecture.

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts – Paris, France

The most prestigious fine arts university in France, it’s no wonder École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts is so stunning. The jewel of the campus is the Palais des Études, which features bronze-cast wreaths, Roman-style paintings, and a spectacular grand courtyard.

Wake Forest University is ranked the most beautiful college campus in the state of North Carolina, going up against stunning school’s like Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, and High Point University. Although beautiful above ground, the university also has an elaborate system of underground tunnels and a Navy bunker that was supposedly built for President John F. Kennedy during the Cold War. Now the underground walls are covered in elaborate graffiti and are available to explore only on exclusive tours.



How to write a book and get it published

How to write a book and get it published

Writing a book is a lifelong dream for so many of us. Whether it’s an idea for a novel you’ve been dreaming about for years, a non-fiction book on a particular interest, or maybe even your own autobiography – everyone has a book in them, or so the saying goes.

If you believe you have a book in you, then writing it is only the first step. Most people write books because they want them to be read. It seems a shame to write, edit, and print a book to only have it sit on your desk collecting dust.

There’s a unique joy in holding a copy of your own book and being able to share it with both strangers and your loved ones. And, as 62-year-old first-time writer John D. Anderson told us, writing a book can also be the best way to leave a meaningful legacy for your grandchildren.

Once you’ve written a book, getting it published isn’t always easy. And as a twice-published author, I say that from experience! Luckily, however, in today’s digital world, budding authors have lots of options.


Before you start writing

It’s helpful to try expanding on your ideas. Consider how an idea will develop: where’s the story going to go? What’s the purpose? Do you want your book to inspire or inform? Do you want to help people, or offer a new perspective? Who are the characters, and what’s the message?

Before you begin, you should also consider who your audience will be. This can help to narrow down your ideas; after all, all books need an audience and if your idea is too niche, it may restrict your chances of getting published later on.

Once you know exactly who your audience is, you’ll have a better understanding of the elements your book needs to possess. This will help you not just in idea-forming, but with staying focused while writing later on.

Research and planning

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is a famous example of the latter method, meticulously planning each and every stage of her seven-book series, and knowing exactly how the seventh book ended before she’d even finished the first (to the disbelief of many publishers!)

There’s no “right” or “wrong” way, but generally speaking, writing a book without a fully-formed idea isn’t ideal. For non-fiction writing, knowing how the book will be structured helps you stay organised and stick to the subject, and for fiction, knowing what happens to the characters and how you want the story to end keeps you focused.

With this in mind, novels are about imagination, and often it’s when our imaginations are left to wander that they provide the best material. The more you write about your characters, the more fleshed out they become, which can have a big influence on the direction of the story.

While writing my first book, there were dozens of times when the story took an unexpected turn because something I’d planned for my protagonist to do suddenly seemed entirely out-of-character.

Perhaps the best suggestion is to have a solid idea, to add depth and substance to major characters, and to map out all important plot points before you start writing – but to remember that novels are fluid and subject to change.

Giving yourself the freedom to see where your words and imagination take you is one of the most enjoyable parts of the writing process. Consider downloading a free plot worksheet to make constructing your plot that bit easier.

If you’re writing non-fiction, research usually forms a large part of the planning process, but many fiction books require huge amounts of research too – for example, if you’re writing a crime thriller, you may need to read up on how the police or legal systems operate.

Whatever you’re researching, it can be helpful to put together a research plan to help you stay organised and keep your research focused. However, it’s important not to get too carried away, as it can easily become a form of procrastination. Don’t allow it to get in the way of writing once you’ve begun; you can always add more information or detail later on. That’s what the editing process is for.

How can I learn more about writing a book?

If you want more guidance, then you could also look into taking a creative writing course. Faber, one of the UK’s leading publishers, offers a great course for those of you who are London-based. Luckily, wherever you live in the UK, there are dozens of writing courses you can benefit from. Why not check out the wide selection we have available on our site? Or, consider a self-publishing course.

If you’re writing non-fiction, you might also benefit from a class. Non-fiction books require a huge amount of organisation, and learning how to record ideas, sift through notes, and structure your book efficiently can help you stay focused and productive.

Have a look at the non-fiction courses available on our site to help you get that first draft done, or, if you live in London, you can also check out City Lit’s non-fiction courses; from history writing to personal essays, there’s probably a course here that’ll interest you. Alternatively, you can listen to a creative non-fiction course on Audible – it’s free for the first 30 days!

Should you only write about what you know?

Perhaps the most well-known piece of writing advice is to only “write what you know” – but this phrase is both misunderstood and misinterpreted, and to take it too literally can be extraordinarily restricting for an author. Writing about what you know doesn’t mean you should only write about events you yourself have experienced – if that were the case, the fantasy genre wouldn’t exist!

Writing what you know relates more to feelings and emotions. For example, if you’ve ever had your heart broken, write about that. If you’ve ever been consumed with longing, write about that.

Bad Reason #2: “I want to be a famous, bestselling author.”

Everyone wants to be famous, and some people think a book will make them famous. I’ve already explained why rich won’t happen (except indirectly), and the worse news is that a book is even less likely to make you famous than rich.

In fact, there are only about 15 or 20 (living) people who are famous ONLY for writing (and nothing else). Malcolm Gladwell is one. J.K. Rowling is another. You can probably name 5 more. But probably not 10 more, and definitely not 20 more. Start naming famous writers, and you’ll realize quickly that 80% or more of your list are dead (Hemingway, Twain, Lee, Tolkien, etc).

The fact is, writers are just not celebrities in America anymore. In fact, it goes the other way around in most cases; people get famous for something else first, THEN they write a book that becomes a bestseller. Being famous is usually why their book sells; they don’t get famous from their book.

Just like having the line “These pretzels are making me thirsty” in a small indie movie isn’t putting you on the cover of People, having a book that spends a week or two on the New York TimesBestseller list does not mean you’re famous. It barely gets you any attention at all.

Because being a bestseller has virtually no bearing on the fame or impact of a book! There are thousands of books that hit the bestseller list for a week and no one reads or hears about them again, and yet many of the most impactful books in the world have never been bestsellers (e.g. Man’s Search For Meaning has sold 10 million copies, and was never on a best seller list).

If it’s just for the status — just so you can brag to people at parties — then you need to re-examine your goal. You’re only doing this for ego reasons, and nothing else, and quite frankly, there are much easier, cheaper ways to get an ego boost than spending a year writing a book and then a ton of time and money promoting it.

But, if all you want is the recognition and validation that comes from making a contribution to the world, that is TOTALLY doable, and a book is a great way to both give to the world AND get recognized for that giving.

If you reframe your goal from, “I want to be a famous bestselling author,” to something that is closer to what you actually want, like, “I want my book to make an impact on lives and get some recognition for that,” then it does two things:

How does it make the book better? Because if your goal is just to help people and be recognized for that, you can almost always teach something to at least a few thousand people that greatly impacts their lives.

Bad Reason #3: “I want to live the writer’s life.”

“A successful book agent I know tells me that at least half the people he meets who are writing their first book, are doing so not because they have anything particularly interesting to say, but because the idea of “the writer’s life” appeals to them. Tweed jackets, smoking a pipe, sitting out in the gazebo and getting sloshed on Mint Juleps, pensively typing away at an old black Remington. Bantering wittily at all the right parties. Or whatever. Anybody who wants to write books for this reason deserves to suffer. And happily, many of them do.”

The point is, this statement is usually a lie authors tell themselves to protect against failure. Many people who say this, then go on to not only publish their writing that was “just for them” but also make huge efforts to promote it.

Edit the manuscript and get feedback

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Don’t take feedback too personally; it’ll improve your book in the long run. (Image: Unsplash)

You can write all day, all night, to your heart’s content. but if no one else likes what you’ve written, you might end up heartbroken instead. That’s why it’s crucial to request feedback on your book, starting early and from as many sources as possible.

Begin by asking your friends and fellow writers to read just a few chapters at a time. However, apply their suggestions not only to those chapters, but wherever relevant. For example, if one of your friends says, “[Character A] is acting weird in this scene,” pay extra attention to that character to ensure you haven’t misrepresented them anywhere else.

Once your book is finished, you’re ready for some more intensive feedback. Consider getting a beta reader to review your entire book and provide their thoughts. You may want to hire an editor to give you professional feedback as well. (Find out about the different types of editing, and which type your book might need, in this post.)

Finally, it might sound obvious, but we’ll say it anyway for all you stubborn writers out there: feedback is useless if you don’t actually listen to it. Separate yourself from your ego and don’t take anything personally, because no one wants to offend you — they’re just trying to help.

Publish your book

You’ve persevered to the end at last: brainstormed, outlined, and written a first draft that you’ve edited extensively (based on feedback, of course). Your book has taken its final form, and you couldn’t be prouder. So what comes next?

Well, if you’ve taken our advice about catering to your target readers, you may as well give publishing a shot! We have a full guide to publishing right here — and if you’re thinking about traditional publishing, read this article to decide which is right for you.

Get help from publishing professionals

Publishing is another rigorous process, of course. But if you’ve come this far to find out how to write a book, you can pretty much do anything! Invest in stellar cover design, study up on marketing, or start writing an irresistible query letter that will get you an offer.

Whichever route you take, one thing will remain true: you’ve written a book, and that’s an incredible achievement. Welcome to the 0.1% — and may the next book you write be even greater than the first. 📖



Email Surveys – Methods, Tips And Examples

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Mastering Email Surveys from Beginning to Send

Email has long been the channel of choice for marketers and service professionals. It’s the best way to reach people and get your message heard. So when it comes to survey distribution, it’s no surprise that email reigns. But there’s a bit more to it than plugging in a survey link and hoping for the best. We’ll cover email survey best practices that help you maximize response rates and get data you can count on.

Like any other customer communication, survey success depends a lot on the channel. Once upon a time, companies could only distribute surveys by phone or mail. Not only was it costly and slow, but it required a lot of effort on the part of the respondents. Spending 30 minutes on the phone with someone or filling out a mail survey then sending it back… it’s not walk in the park. Needless to say, survey response rates would often suffer, and the quality of the survey data would suffer with them.

Nowadays, the majority of surveys are sent by email, and for good reason. Email is the most dominant communication channel in the world, and the best email service providers offer an array of functionality that helps companies target the right people at the right time. Plus, email adapts well to the many devices we use. As mobile usage has risen, so has the percentage of emails opened on mobile.

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Beyond its versatility, email is different from other channels in its unique ability to set expectations. Unlike phone calls or mailers, emails give consumers a preview of what they’re getting. They see the sender name and know a company is contacting them, probably with an offer or request. This quality makes email especially useful for survey invitations, which are ultimately a bit more of an ask.

Lastly, email wins out among survey distribution channels because it can easily combine multiple pieces of content (and multiple purposes) into one. For example, an order confirmation might include the order summary, a link to an FAQ article, a list of other popular purchases, and a survey invitation. In other words, email can include multiple calls to action without repelling recipients.

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Email Surveys: Methods and Types with Examples

Embedded email survey

An embedded email survey, also called an email inline survey, is one of the most effective methods to conduct a survey. The survey is embedded in the email itself and the respondent can answer the questions directly in the email body. These surveys are usually short and it is recommended to not make them exhaustive. Respondents are less likely to complete inline surveys that are long, require long-form answers, or have complex questions. Since email providers have different user interfaces, it’s best to keep email inline surveys short and to the point so they display similarly across email hosts.

Since the survey cannot be exhaustive, close-ended questions are usually preferred for inline surveys. Some of the most widely used question types in embedded surveys are demographic questions, Net Promoter Score questions, and Matrix type questions. These simple questions are inviting to respondents, giving you a better chance of targeted respondents answering all questions.

One of the best survey email examples for embedded questions is a restaurant that wants to conduct a customer service survey with its existing customers. For a restaurant, it is very important that their customers are well-served and that they are satisfied with all the services provided to them. A customer service survey can be sent as an embedded email survey to these customers. Questions might include asking about the customer’s wait times, server disposition, or quality of food. These questions can be “yes/no” or “rating 1-5” satisfaction responses for quick survey completion.

Such a method is non-exhaustive and gets you valuable feedback in no time. Analyzing this data using powerful survey software such as customer satisfaction software can give you actionable insights to keep your customers happy and make them your brand ambassadors.

Email redirect survey

Email redirect surveys are survey invitation links sent to the targeted audience. The respondent can click on this link and be redirected to the survey page. Such a method is usually used when the surveys are longer. It enables the researcher to include open-ended questions, close-ended questions, as well as multiple standard and advanced question types. Being redirected to a page in their internet browser allows many survey respondents to feel less surprised if a survey is slightly longer than an embedded survey.

As another example, a cab services company wants to get feedback from its customers regarding the service that was provided to them. A cab services company is successful only if they are consistent in the quality of service they provide. Hence it is critical that such organizations ask for feedback and suggestions from their customers.

A survey invitation link can be sent to all their customers through email and feedback can be collected. Creating a survey, collecting data, and the analysis of that data can be done using robust survey software such as customer survey software. Email surveys software provides you with powerful insights which can help the organization devise customer-centric strategies.

9 Simple tips to create an effective email survey

  1. Simple and clear subject line – Your respondents will be more likely to open emails if the subject line is simple and clear. The subject line should convey what the purpose of the email survey is in a few words. For example, a respondent is more likely to open an email with the subject line “Help us to help you better”. Such a subject line showcases that the content of the email is to gather feedback about the customer service that was offered.
  1. Mention your audience portfolio – In the content of the email, you also need to mention that the respondent is chosen specially to conduct the survey. This shows your respondents that their opinion matters to you as a company. Creating a sense of importance goes a long way in getting higher responses for your email surveys. For example, “As a loyal customer to us, you have been specially selected to participate in our customer satisfaction survey”.
  1. Explain the survey objective – It is important to explain what you will do with the data that you are collecting. Points such as how the responses will help make better decisions or provide better service should be included in the content of the email. For example, “your feedback will help us serve you better”. Including such a statement assures the respondent that their feedback is important and valuable, thus leading to higher responses to the survey.
  1. Create a sense of urgency – When sending the email survey, use sentences like “Take the survey now”. It creates a sense of urgency and hence avoids delays to complete the survey. An option to take the survey later should also be mentioned in the content, as sometimes the respondent might genuinely be not able to take the survey immediately.
  2. Mention the time taken to complete the survey – It is important to mention how long it typically takes to complete the survey, as time is valuable to everyone. Usually, a survey should not take much time to complete as the response rate drops drastically for longer surveys. Consider taking the email survey questions yourself as a practice customer and timing your response. If the survey takes you 10 minutes, you can include this as an estimated time in your email so respondents understand the normal time the survey may take.
  3. Provide Incentives – When sending the survey invitation, mention what’s in it for the respondent. When a respondent is motivated by various types of incentives, the response rates for surveys increase. For example, a restaurant owner wants feedback from a customer about the quality of food in his restaurant. The owner can provide a 10% discount code to the respondents who complete the survey. This enables higher responses to email surveys.

Advantages and disadvantages of email surveys


  • High response rates since they require little effort to answer
  • Can lead into a longer survey on a landing page, resulting in larger feedback
  • Can be integrated with mailing or marketing automation software to automatically send surveys after certain actions performed by a user or customer to send a targeted and contextual survey. It also gives a possibility of enriching customer or leads profiles with collected answers
  • Can be integrated into automation software to automatically send targeted surveys to customers after they perform a specific action
  • In contrast to website surveys or live chat, email surveys don’t require adding any code to your website. Support managers can push the decision to start using mail survey more easily and the IT team won’t complain about additional work since there is none


How to Send a Survey via Email

How does embedding surveys in emails work?

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Why should I embed a survey into an email?

Will I be able to embed more question types in emails?

Choosing the right survey software means first deciding how you are going to use it. If you are aiming to collect NPS then a lot of tools out there might seem like a good choice, until you aim to personalize every aspect of your communication towards the user with your survey.

Since profile building capabilities should be your focus too, as well as possibilities to design your survey, personalize it with styles, fonts, and logos, and making it fit your email and communication strategies, make sure to choose the right survey software – such as Survicate.



How to be perfect

How to Be the Perfect Slut

There’s no insult in the English language like “slut”: hurled as abuse, it can have a devastating impact. Being designated a “slut” can be reputation-ruining; however, it can also be taken as a compliment in certain situations, as a signifier of sexual attractiveness. A “good slut” is someone fun, sex-positive, and sexy — such a Samantha! Such a Jessa from GIRLS! Tequila shots for all my sluts! A “bad slut,” on the other hand, is someone who deserves the full force of our collective scorn and disdain. What’s the difference, though?

The word “slut” can be used punitively, aggressively, shamingly, chidingly, in seemingly congratulatory manner, jokingly, with complete vitriol, etc. In short, it has no real, clearly-defined meaning. It’s a collection of (sometimes contradictory) connotations huddled around an empty set, its only true defining feature being a murky connection to sexual impropriety. According to the dictionary , a “slut” is “a promiscuous woman; especially: PROSTITUTE.” (Definition b: “a saucy girl: MINX”). Apparently, it comes from the Norwegian word for “impure liquid,” which makes sense, because we sluts are constantly stewing in a collection of impure sauces, like those of the bog from which Grendel emerged.

So, fine, we can all agree that the denotation of “slut” is “a promiscuous woman” — but what even constitutes promiscuity in our era of ever-dissolving sexual prohibitions? Casual sex hasn’t been a taboo (or even a source of deep-rooted, lingering shame! Woohoo!) for a long time, now — and, yet, the designation of “slut” lingers on as something we’re still permitted, if not tacitly encouraged, to call women who don’t have sex the way we think they should.

Enter slutformula.com , a website I came across this morning, that was probably crafted by an angry 15-year-old who lives in the stomach of a Balrog. It claims to contain “the official Slut Formula.” Through some sort of complicated algorithm (misogyny x cum-sock/I hate vaginas), the site’s author alleges that they’re able to calculate your “Sluticity Value.” Here’s a fun bit of reasoning that accompanies the calculator:

Why the Slut Formula? Why does it only apply to Women?
Women can pick and choose who they sleep with while men aren’t nearly as picky and must constantly prove themselves while doing the attacking (ex: typically men approach women, not the other way around). Sluticity corrupts, and absolute sluticity corrupts absolutely. With provocative female attire, strict sexual harassment laws against men, and this innate ability to control them via vagina, women are the ones who must accept this responsibility and not abuse the power. if they do they will earn such titles as slut, whore, cock gobbler, etc.

The website, obviously, is a stinking pit of troll-feces that any woman with an ounce of self-awareness would likely know better than to take seriously (case in point: in order to not be a slut at all, at age 28, you can have had, at most: 3 sex partners, 5 kissing partners, and 5 oral sex partners). However, it didn’t just hop out of a void, wielding a graph that shows a “linear relationship of sex and slutdom for a female.” There are unspoken assumptions and deep-seated values in our society that create an environment in which less blatantly swinish iterations of this line of thinking proliferate.

Last week, Jezebel staff was discussing a recent psychological study that finds that college students who have meaningless sex (which is defined here as “sex with someone the respondent had known for less than a week”) are more likely to exhibit “psychological distress.” As lead researcher Dr. Melina M. Bersamin told Business Insider , “casual sex was negatively associated with well-being and positively associated with psychological distress.” The idea that casual sex isn’t always emotionally or physically fulfilling is, obviously, neither shocking nor new. But if casual sex is supposed to be the millennial’s playground (no one steal this phrase and use it to name your nightclub because I am having it trademarked), shouldn’t we at least be cool with it? Why does it cause us so much distress?

Is Bad Sex Really the Twenty-Something’s Cross to Bear?

The general consensus was that casual sex isn’t necessarily easy to be casual about. It involves navigating a veritable minefield of pleasure, expectations, desire, miscommunications, muddled emotions, fun!! (let’s not forget), but also of judgment and shame. Taking up the Mantle of Sluticity is not always a simple task, because it’s caked with centuries worth of fears and myths and horrible assumptions re: sexually active women. So how does one even go about being successful at casual sex without experiencing emotional consequences? What makes The Perfect Slut?

  • You’ve made out with enough people that you can joke about making out with a lot of people, but, like, not more than 30.
  • You’ve given a ton of OTPHJ’s (over the pants hand jobs, duh), because the Slut Calculator doesn’t count those.
  • You’ve had a threesome once — because basically everyone should have one by the time they’re 28 — but it was kinda weird.
  • You’ve had enough one night stands to be able to say things like, “One night stands really aren’t for me, unless the guy/girl is really hot, ha ha, high five, ladies!”
  • You’re not clingy and really cool about having sex with people casually to the extent that everyone says, “Oh, wow, you are not like other girls I’ve been with; you’re so cool about sex!”
  • You have the exact right amount of body hair. You, and you alone, know what that amount is because you are the Perfect Slut.
  • You don’t put too much effort into looking slutty. You eschew club wear. But also, your cleavage looks great all the time.
  • Your “number” isn’t high enough to provoke performance anxiety in your sex partners, but it’s also not low enough to make them wonder what’s wrong with you.



10 Top Reasons to Go Back to School

Should I go back to school? 5 Questions to consider

It’s not uncommon to reach a point in your career when you realize your current qualifications aren’t quite enough to help you accomplish your professional goals. Maybe you’re eyeing a promotion with your current organization, or you’ve set your sights on something completely new. Now you’re left wondering, “Should I go back to school?”

Enrolling in a degree program today takes a lot more consideration than it did back when you were 18. There are likely a handful of additional factors to keep in mind before you go all in and commit to heading back to college — if you have a family, if you have a looming mortgage payment or if you hope to continue working full time while you study.

You’re certainly not alone. Anyone who’s been in your position before will tell you how complicated this decision-making process can be. That’s why we’ve compiled five questions adult students should ask before deciding to continue their education. See whether your answers to them can help shed some light on whether to go back to school.

You Have Access to Flexible Options

In recent years, online education has emerged as a great way for busy adults to be able to pursue a degree on their own time, offering significantly more flexibility than on-campus classes without sacrificing quality, peer-to-peer interaction, and engagement with faculty. Attending classes on campus, which are often scheduled at inconvenient times and require travel time to get to and from, isn’t feasible for many working professionals. Online education allows you to attend class whenever it’s convenient for you.

If you’re in a rut at work and are looking to expand your skillset into a new area, deepen your knowledge of your current field, or simply broaden your educational horizons, going back to school is the best way to learn something new. Maybe you’ve never been someone who likes school, and have found the subjects covered to be boring or not applicable to real life. Once you get to college, your options are endless when it comes to learning about subjects that you really care about! Whether you’re interested in cybersecurity or business administration or even if you don’t know what you want to study, there’s a degree program out there just for you.

15 High-Demand Careers That Make Going Back to School Worth It

If you’re considering investing the time, money and energy into getting a degree, you want to make sure there will be a rewarding career after you graduate. Let’s look at 15 fast-growing, high-paying jobs that are the careers of the future.

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

Market research analysts and marketing specialists are responsible for the promotion of a company’s products and services. This may include customer research, advertising campaign development and campaign performance monitoring.

This career is rewarding for both data-driven and creative individuals who enjoy customer psychology and developing persuasive messaging that meets the needs of target audiences.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners are responsible for basic and clinical care of individuals with acute and chronic medical conditions. They often work in primary care settings, hospitals or managed care facilities.

You will find it rewarding to become a nurse practitioner if you enjoy helping people, working with people of different ages and are comfortable with applying evidence-based practices to solve patient care problems.

Management Analysts

Management analysts are in charge of keeping the costs of a company low by analyzing data, creating reports and making recommendations for policy changes. They are often called upon to evaluate the performance of employees in an organization, and make changes that will improve the process.

Financial Managers

Financial managers are the backbone of an organization’s financial planning process. Financial managers assist executive management by leading the assessment of financial performance, strategies and tactics that maximize the efficient utilization of resources in support of approved business objectives.

Medical and Health Services Managers

Medical and health services managers are responsible for administration of a healthcare facility. They are usually responsible for hiring employees, increasing revenue, and developing strategic plans for the future that improve patient care outcomes.

You will find a career as a medical and health services manager rewarding if you enjoy working with people, helping people, and are comfortable with responsibility. It’s also important that you like working in a team because you will be working with other employees from different departments.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Computer and information system managers focus on the planning, development, and maintenance of computer systems used by an organization. As new technologies and complex information continue to advance, this career will be vital to the success of organizations.

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Software Developers

The role of a software developer is to create computer applications and software systems that interact with end-user systems. Developers both create new applications for computer platforms, as well as maintain and enhance existing applications.

Information Security Analysts

Information security analysts are in charge of security when it comes to the business world. They focus on the protection of an organization’s computers, networks and data from internal and external attackers.

Training and Development Specialists

Training and development specialists are human resource professionals that specialize in the professional development and education of employees. These professionals will develop programs that help employees build a variety of job-specific skills, as well as mandate training in areas of safety and compliance.

Personal Financial Advisors

Personal financial advisors help individuals develop a plan to help them reach their financial goals. They work with clients through individual coaching, life insurance, retirement planning, development of investment strategies and planning for future education of children.

Data Scientists

Data scientists specialize in extracting meaning from large amounts of data. They write programs that organize and manage data to help identify patterns and relationships between different pieces of data.

Operations Research Analysts

Operations research analysts are responsible for applying mathematical models and procedures to problems that may involve resources, human performance, or the business environment. They also work with large database sets and ask specific questions to analyze the data.

Public Relations Specialists

The role of a public relations specialist is to deliver the message of a business to its target market. A public relations specialist is responsible for communicating results of research, developing a product or service, marketing the product or service, and handling consumer complaints.


Statisticians play a vital role in making sense of the ever-growing amounts of data collected by businesses. They gather, analyze, and interpret data to aid in many business decision-making processes.

Nurse Midwives

Nurse midwives are responsible for providing pregnant women with prenatal and postnatal care, as well as counseling. They ensure a woman’s physical, mental and emotional health throughout the different stages of pregnancy and childbirth.



SEO activities

Meta description is an onsite SEO element you need to have for every page. For each meta description, you should have the answer to what the user is thinking: “what’s in it for me?”. At this point, you must differentiate yourself from the competitors and bring to the fore your value proposition. Before you make any decision, make sure you’ve searched the meta description that represents the best option from all that you could possibly think of.

Crawl errors dashboard

Identifying Related Relevant Terms To Use In Your Content By Doing A TF-IDF Analysis Of The Top Ranked Pages For Any Query

With the TF*IDF formula, you can identify in which proportion certain words within a text document or website are weighted compared to all potentially possible documents. Apart from the keyword density, this formula can be used for OnPage optimisation in order to increase a website’s relevance in search engines.

Although it’s known that TF-IDF has been used to index pages, there hasn’t been a popular tool offering it to identify relevant term variances of our topics that we should be using. This information can be used to improve our site relevance for other terms our audience uses.

OnPage.org includes a handy TF-IDF tool in their on-page analysis and monitoring platform, which can be used to identify more term variances or combinations that our competitors are already using, but we still aren’t (by analyzing both the top 15 page results and our own desired page to rank with). By focusing on terms related to our main keywords, we can increase our site content’s relevance for the desired topic.

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Visualizing Your Site’s Internal Linking

I have written in the past about visualizing a site’s pages and links as a graph to facilitate the analysis of a website’s internal linking, which was doable but took a lot of effort. The process required exporting the URLs crawled, then processing them with visualization tools.

This has now been made easy by the “Visualizer” functionality of OnPage.org. It not only allows you to automatically generate the internal link graph of any site, but it provides functionalities to browse, filter the number, show the relationship of links, and show only the nodes (or pages) that follow certain pattern.

This can be extremely helpful to better understand how a site is internally linked, the cardinality of the links, if there are any “orphan pages” or areas of the sites that are not connected with the rest, etc.

internal link graph

1. Clean Your Site of Duplicate Content

Since duplicate content is not the most orthodox SEO practice, if it’s the case, you should start cleaning your site, so you don’t get penalized by Google. A quick way to identify that is by accessing tools to check your site. Some of the most used tools for checking duplicate content are Copyscape and Siteliner.

Using canonical tags is another way to prevent having duplicate content. If, for example, your site is www.hairoil.net so might be hairoil.net, hairoil.net/index.html or www.hairoil.net/index.html. You need to use the rel=canonical tag only for one URL. You should use the rel=canonical tag to give a hint to Google to know that the sites are one and the same. Below you can find the code to set the URL you mark as canonical:


2. Track Keywords – Craft a List of Keywords to Verify Rankings

You want to rank as high as possible so you should always track the keywords that matter in order to see how your site is performing. First, you need to research and make a list with the keywords you wish to rank for. You don’t have to check them manually. There are lots of tools that can help you with that. After that, you need to keep them in a consistent system in order to monitor them, even daily if possible. You can use a Rank Tracker Tool to do so as it’s a time and money saver.

Each line represents the performance for each monitored keyword. On the bottom you can select the period; if you hover over on each line, it will show you the keyword, the position, the URL and the date. To see the trending lines, you must add the keywords first. Here you can find the guide.

Final Thoughts

Off-page SEO has its own importance, but don’t forget about the on-page SEO activities. No matter how strong your off-page is, without proper on-page SEO you may not get a higher ranking in SERPs. You need to have a fast loading website, and SEO optimized hosting can help you to achieve that.

And, the list does not end here! There are many more areas to explore by yourself. Keep one thing in mind: the more high authority websites you have referring to you and talking about you, the more chance you have to rank higher.

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SEO activities

Use your long-tail keywords to create blog posts or web pages that explain the specific topics within the pillars you’ve selected. Together, all of your long-tail keywords create a cluster around a pillar topic. Search engine algorithms depend on the relationships between clusters to connect users with the information they’re looking for.

Google's top three ranking factors

12 SEO Techniques You Need to Be Using in 2022

Below are the SEO techniques that you should be paying attention to in order to increase your site’s organic traffic in 2022. You won’t just find on-page SEO tactics here, but off-page ones as well. By working on some of these SEO best practices you’ll be able to work on improving your visibility and traffic.

When you take the time to figure out what’s working for the websites you compete against on the SERPs, you can take your analysis to the next level and understand why this approach is working before using this insight to inform your own approach.

One effective starting point is to find your competitors’ best-performing pages so that you can develop a picture of where their organic traffic is coming from, and what it’s being driven by. Analyzing your competitors’ top pages can point you in the direction of things like



This is simply a way to find out the pages that are driving the most traffic to competing websites. You’ll need to take this insight to the next level to figure out why these pages perform and how you can form a strategy that steals some of this traffic.

This works because it helps you to determine potential areas to focus your efforts on at a page-level, rather than at a specific keyword-level. This exercise can also help you to find other websites that compete against your own, too, that you perhaps hadn’t considered to be a competitor.


3. Update, Upgrade and Republish Old Blog Posts

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Best SEO Examples

As mentioned above, there are a variety of different things you can do for your business to enact your SEO strategy. Below we’ll go over some examples of what this looks like in practice that you can use as inspiration for your own processes.

1. Writing compelling meta descriptions.

seo example: seo meta description

This is a high-quality meta description because it lets Google know exactly what the page contains, helping your content surface in the correct search results and helping audiences understand exactly what they’re about to click on.

2. Getting content backlinks and inbound links.

A backlink, also called an inbound link, is when another website links back to your website or blog content. It’s usually placed as a hyperlink on a string of text that relates to your content and, when clicked, they’re taken to your site.

Backlinks are an effective SEO tool because they show search engines that your content is authoritative and relevant, helping you rank higher in SERPs. The image below is an example of a blog post from Kicksta that has a backlink to a HubSpot Blog post.

best seo examples: SEO backlink

3. Optimizing your site pages for page speed.

4. Local SEO

Local SEO is improving search engine visibility for your business’s location. An effective local SEO strategy will surface your content in search queries from customers in your local area, letting them know your business is there to meet their needs.

The image below is a SERP result for “best restaurants Brooklyn.” The three businesses that appear in results have an optimized Google My Business profile that contains information that helps it surface in results for Brooklyn-area restaurants.

SEO Process

1. Historically optimize your content.

Devote some time each month to updating old blog posts with new and up-to-date information to continue ranking in SERPs. You can also use this time to add any SEO best-practices that weren’t initially addressed, like missing image alt text.

2. Look out for changing keywords and new search intent.

After a few months, track how your blog posts are ranking, and which keywords they’re ranking for. This can help you adjust subheadings and copy to leverage new search intent that your audience may be interested in.

3. Add more editorial value to your old content.

Sometimes, you’ll find that a post is completely out of date. In this scenario, you should go beyond the average historical SEO update and give it a full refresh. You can do this by updating out of date information and statistics, incorporating new sections for added depth, and adding quotes or original data to give the post more referral traffic.

4. Create a monthly content plan.

To keep up with your SEO strategy, it can be helpful to create and refine a monthly content plan. You can place it into a spreadsheet, and your teams can track accordingly. The list below is an example of a content monthly content plan that takes the above steps into account.


SEO activities

Google takes many factors into account when ranking your website, one of them being the time spent on the page (or dwell time). If users are bouncing from your page within seconds of arriving, it signals to Google that it’s not the content their users are looking for.

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On-Page SEO Elements

Content Elements

Content elements refer to the elements within your site copy and content. In this section, we’ll focus mostly on crafting high-quality page content that benefits your visitors and tells Google that your website provides value.

1. High-Quality Page Content

The first step to creating high-quality content is choosing relevant keywords and topics. Conduct keyword research by searching Google for terms and seeing what surfaces for competitors and other websites. You can also use tools like Ahrefs, AnswerthePublic, and UberSuggest.

Page content is your opportunity to communicate value to Google and your site visitors; it’s the heart of the on-page SEO process. All other on-page SEO elements stem from high-quality page content, so invest ample resources to develop and optimize it.

HTML Elements

2. Page Titles

on page seo esamples: page title tag

3. Headers

Headers, also known as body tags, refer to the HTML element , , , and so on.

on page seo examples: headers

4. Meta Descriptions

Meta descriptions are the short page descriptions that appear under the title in search results. Although it’s not an official ranking factor for search engines, it can influence whether or not your page is clicked on — therefore, it’s just as important when doing on-page SEO.

on page seo examples: meta descriptions

5. Image Alt-text

Image alt-text is like SEO for your images. It tells Google and other search engines what your images are about . which is important because Google now delivers almost as many image-based results as they do text-based results.

6. Structured Markup

Structured markup is the key behind those featured snippets, knowledge panels, and other content features you see when you search for something on Google. It’s also how your specific page information shows up so neatly when someone shares your content on social media.

on page seo example: structured markup

Site Architecture Elements

Site architecture elements refer to the elements that make up your website and site pages. How you structure your website can help Google and other search engines easily crawl the pages and page content.

7. Page URLs

Your page URLs should be simple to digest for both readers and search engines. They are also important when keeping your site hierarchy consistent as you create subpages, blog posts, and other types of internal pages.

on page seo examples: page url

8. Internal Linking

Also, the longer visitors are on your website, the more time Google has to crawl and index your site pages. This ultimately helps Google absorb more information about your website and potentially rank it higher on the search engine results pages.

9. Mobile Responsiveness

on page seo examples: mobile responsiveness

10. Site Speed

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Technical/Offpage SEO Tips for 2022

1. Eliminate Spammy Backlinks

It used to be that backlinks were the hidden treasure of SEO. It’s true that backlinks are still a major ranking factor for Google, but the quality of those backlinks is now more important than ever before.

In 2021, Google rolled out another algorithm update that targeted and devalued bad backlinks. While no sites were individually penalized in the process, it stopped counting a lot of backlinks that many sites had grown accustomed to which affected rankings.

If you’re a website owner, you’ve probably received some requests for backlinks in the past. Sometimes they will offer to pay you to do so. In almost all cases, the requests come from website owners whose site has a lower domain authority score than yours or might be using shady SEO practices.

It is very important to vet all backlink requests, like you would with content sources, to make sure they won’t negatively impact your site. How can you know what sites are linking to you and how you compare to your competition? With my backlink checker tool. Simply enter the domain URL and receive a complete overview of your backlink profile:

neil patel backlinks overview for seo with google

neil patel backlinks for seo with google

2. Build Your Brand

Since the late 2000s, Google has increasingly put an emphasis on brands. In particular, they look for brand signals as a way to weed out misinformation to provide more trustworthy results for each search. This makes it a critical ranking factor.

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When a brand is consistently represented across all of their platforms, revenue can increase by up to 23 percent. Branding also makes it easier to present your values and increase customer loyalty. 89 percent of customers are willing to stay loyal to brands who share their values.

3. Create Thought-Leadership and Strategic Content

Once you have solid, pillar content (i.e., content that targets relevant keywords) on your website, it’s time to think more strategically. You want to be more than just an information site, but an authoritative one. You can do so with thought-leadership and strategic content.

In fact, 54 percent of decision-makers say they spend more than one hour per week reading thought leadership content relevant to their business. At the same time, 71 percent say that less than half of what they read gives them valuable insights

This means there is still a massive opportunity with this content. It requires you to look ahead and answer questions that aren’t even being asked yet. You want to speak directly with industry leaders and subject matter experts by getting ahead of the current state of things.

4. Diversify Your Backlink Profile

An Ahfrefs study that looked at more than 1 billion web pages found that 66.31 percent of them had zero referring domains and 26.29 percent of them only had one to three referring domains. Less than 0.1 percent of sites had more than 100 referring domains which is pretty eye-opening when you stop to think about it.

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5. Use Subject Matter Experts to Increase Your EAT Score

An EAT score is one of the most important factors when determining page quality. While you don’t have to be an expert or authority on each topic you write about, you should be emulating those individuals to create content that gets a higher score.

47 percent of buyers will generally read three to five pieces of content before engaging with a sales representative. Connecting with subject matter experts or emulating their content increases the chances of a buyer engaging with your content before moving to the next stage.

Whether you’re creating thought-leadership content yet or not, you can still look to subject matter experts for help. While interviews with such people are best, they’re not the only way to “borrow” their authority.

You can also link to interviews done by other content creators, insert quotes from subject matter experts in your posts, or highlight other content forms the subject matter has done such as videos, podcasts, or infographics.

Bad SEO Practices to Avoid in 2022

1. Keyword Stuffing

Keyword stuffing is the act of stuffing as many keywords, both direct and related, into a piece of content as possible. The idea is that the more keywords an article has, the more relevant the content will appear and the higher it’ll rank on SERPs. The exact opposite is true, though.

2. Keyword Cannibalization

Keyword cannibalization occurs when two or more pages on your site are targeting the same main keyword. This is common on newer websites where the owner may think it’s better to split up larger pieces of content in order to create more pages.

For example, if the target keyword is “meringue” and they create one post on “How to Make the Perfect Meringue” and another post on “X Common Mistakes When Making Meringue.” To avoid cannibalization, a larger post should be created that includes both of those post titles as H2s. This is known as pillar content.

3. Duplicate Content

4. Exact Match Anchor Text

ahrefs anchors for seo with google

5. Spammy Link Building

There are some obvious offenders, like link directories, blog comments, paid links, and link schemes. You should also reevaluate the relationship you have with any referring domains. Do they have good linking practices? Do they use only white hat SEO tactics? The answers to these two questions will go a long way in informing you of whether the continued relationship will be beneficial or detrimental to your backlink profile.



53 Powerful Business Coaching Questions

Alycia is an interior design business coach who helps interior design professionals leverage their businesses with online marketing strategies. She has more than 19 years of experience as an interior designer. She is a self-proclaimed mentor for visionaries who need extra nudge and guidance in growing either to scale their business or find their purpose. She runs her own blog discussing varied topics like spirituality, entrepreneurship, and many more.


30 Business Coaching Tools: What, How and When To Use Them!

People have been emailing saying things like, "I love your new business coaching tools, but where do I start?" So, I wrote this article to outline the 30 business coaching tools in our Business Coaching Toolkit, including why, when and in what order to use them. This article was written to help you use our Business Coaching Toolkit more effectively, but is also helpful if you’re a Business Coach looking for a process to follow, if you want to create a Business Coaching Program or perhaps simply want some new business coaching tool ideas for your toolkit!

Read on for an overview of the tools, what to use them for and a suggested sequence for the tools. Please note that all 30 Business Coaching Tools are available both in a ready-to-go Toolkit, and each tool is also available for sale individually.

Client Intake and Review Tools

Goal: Settle the client into coaching, get them familiar with you, help them be open to change – and start making mental shifts. And for you to get to know the client with some personal and business background and to agree what the coaching relationship will focus on.

    . One page of business-oriented questions and a second of personal-oriented questions. These gentle, but challenging questions open their mind to coaching and new possibilities. And you get valuable information as to how the client is feeling about themselves and their business – and what they might need help with. . As a coach you MUST ask the client not only to set goals, but to set goals for working with you. When both of you are clear on what the client wants to achieve from coaching, you have a clear focus for the sessions to keep returning to. That doesn’t mean the client’s coaching goals are fixed – they may well get added to or change over time, but it gives you both an essential baseline to work from. . Great exercise to quickly and easily get a background history on your client’s business – and get insight into what most challenges and excites your client. . An essential if you want to deliver the best value to your client – this form gives you invaluable feedback and direction for the coaching relationship. Ask your client to complete this quarterly or monthly BUT give it to them during the intake process – then they will be expecting to complete it.

53 Powerful Business Coaching Questions | Alison Reeves Coaching Tips

Asking questions is critical to coaching because we are supposed to be a guide, not a drill sergeant. Asking questions helps generate thought. It builds an open line of communication and helps the relationship to flow.

Asking questions guides your client to the answer without telling them what to do. Questions also help them come up with their own solutions, instead of hanging onto a suggestion someone else makes that isn’t best for them.

Guiding your clients to their own solutions in this way also empowers them to be able to function without you and be successful on their own without you in the future. And if you are not doing this – teaching real tools and providing real transformation – then your business won’t be sustainable.

The Goals Of Asking Powerful Business Coaching Questions

Getting Personal

This is how you really get to know your client. Which of course enables you to help them in the best way possible. Get to know them on a personal level. Feel free to reciprocate with some personal tidbits, but keep it light and professional.

Establishing Goals

You have to get a clear picture of what your client wants. This can be especially difficult when not even your client has a clear idea of what they want. It is your job to listen. Ask questions and get a comprehensive idea of their business, what they are good at and what their passions are.

Empowering Them To Independence

Every time you ask a question, that decision making process starts to become an inner dialogue. As a coach your goal is not to have a high paying client forever who continues to need you and pay you for your services.

Ultimately with an attitude of service your goal should be to “graduate” clients to independence. You are teaching them to think critically, giving them examples of questions that they should be asking themselves.

46. Liz Scott, Small Business Marketing Coach, and Marketing Mastermind

She is known in the business community as the Business Firestarter because she catapults clients to extraordinary results and growth. She is a business and marketing coach with over 25 years of experience in handling various executive positions. Liz is recognized as an award-winning growth strategist, international speaker, author, panelist, and strategist.


Brook is a digital marketing trainer and business coach who loves the art and science of communications, persuasion, and influence. She concentrates on teaching small business owners how to leverage these three to maximize their online reach.

Bekka Prideaux

Bekka has spent the last 30 years as a project manager, leader, and coach. She uses her experience gathered across a broad spectrum of functions in a wide range of industries. By listening to her clients, she helps them have a different way of thinking and creates a framework that will help them unlock their thinking and potential.

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50. Kayla Brissi, Marketing Strategists, Bestselling Author

Kayla Brissi

Kayla is a holistic life coach, healing practitioner, marketing strategist, author, and speaker. Committed to living her freedom-based lifestyle by sharing her expertise, skills, and message with others. She empowers others to be the best and live the lives of their dreams.

Ready to find the best business coach that is right for you? Use this list as your reference, check their websites, and contact a few of them before deciding on the one that is right for you. It might be an investment but getting the best business coach can make a big difference between success and failure.



How to Get Noticed on Twitter — 15 Tips for Writers

I follow major publications I’d like to write for sometimes. Great sources. Really successful writers. But otherwise, if you follow everyone, when you scan your tweetstream it’s just not useful in delivering interesting information I want to read.

Amazon Employees Need Writing Skills: Should MBA Programs Require Writing Courses?

Incredibly, Amazon, the business that hires more MBAs each year than any other employer around the world—about double the number hired by runner-up McKinsey & Company—forbids presentations. What’s more, that Seattle firm even precludes the use of its neighbor Microsoft’s charts-and-graphs software, PowerPoint, during meetings as well.

Amazon is home to the chief executive that the Yale School of Management’s Dean Jeffrey Sonnenfeld selected as his “CEO of the Decade,” Jeff Bezos. But America’s biggest retailer isn’t the only mega-company with such a policy. Both billion-dollar firms run by beloved Silicon Valley figure Jack Dorsey—Twitter and Stripe—also focus most meetings on discussions of memos.

Twitter for Writers: Your 15-Step Crash Course

1. Get a useful handle.

If your name is already taken (this reader’s problem), maybe you have a cool branding thing you could do, like my tweep Stefanie Flaxman @RevisionFairy, or my franchise-consultant friend Joel Libava @FranchiseKing. Or you could put an underline in your name like @Carol_Tice. Takeaway: You can put key words about what you do right into your handle.

2. Fill out your profile completely.

Really, it takes maybe five minutes. And it’s so, so important. Why? People search on words they’re interested in on Twitter, and if you have them in your profile, you will appear in their search results. Stuff it with key words about what you do, up to the limit of what it will accept. Mine includes: freelance writer, copywriter, journalist, Top 10 Blogs for Writers winner, writing, helping writers earn, business. If you want to connect with people in your town, include your location.

3. Provide a link to your website.

If you do not have a writer website yet, link to your LinkedIn profile or your Facebook page. Something — anything! Profiles with no links people can follow to learn more are ignored. There really is no excuse for not having a writer website these days, when you can have a WordPress site for $99 from the National Association of Independent Writers & Editors (NAIWE) up and running in about the next 10 minutes. But whatever you do, get your clips organized somewhere and post a link to that site on Twitter.

4. Add a profile photo.

Preferably, a good little photo of you. Or maybe a fun cartoon gravatar of you. But kill off that egg — spammers all have those (I actually just blocked three of them this evening), so you’re giving your profile a very bad connotation sticking with the egg.

5. Don’t use robots to get followers.

If you search on “get Twitter followers,” you will find lots of offers of products that promise to automatically get you hundreds of followers overnight. Don’t use them. Why? These followers are useless — they don’t really want to follow you, and won’t retweet your links.

6. Search for influential people in your niche, and follow them.

There are thousands of people this reader could be following on Twitter. You’ve never followed “all you could.” Many of the top people automatically follow you back if you follow them. Identify the key people and start building a list.

7. Stop constantly marketing yourself.

Twitter isn’t a channel to constantly blare about what you’re doing — it’s just considered bad form. You’ll need to mix links to your own blog posts in with other useful information from other sources in your niche. Once you’re following thought leaders in your topic, you can just scan down your Tweetstream and quickly find things to retweet. Or use SmartBriefs to find interesting articles, or Google Alerts. Presto! You are interesting enough to get followers now. But stop making it all about you, because that’s why no one is interested.

8. Watch your follower/following ratio.

Once you start to accumulate a few hundred followers, it’s time to cut back your list of who you’re following. That’s because just like the ratio of good to bad cholesterol, your ratio of followers to people you’re following is important. When you have substantially more followers than you do people you follow, it tells people you’re interesting. You don’t have to follow people to get them to follow you. That attracts more followers.

9. Promote other people.

10. Use hashtags.

Know how to help your content get found by using hashtags. For instance, if you’d like other writers to see your link, you might post it on #WW (Writer Wednesday), or if you’d like to flatter someone else by promoting them you could mention them on #FF (Follow Friday). People search on these hashtags for content they might be interested in, such as #writer, #writercommunity, #business, #blog.

11. Use lists.

One great way to stay connected to people without having to follow them is by adding them to your lists. For instance, I have probably 800 writers on lists, and 150 thought leaders that might be good future story sources in a “gurus” list. Many people are flattered by getting into lists, so this is another weapon you have besides following.

12. Get a nice background.

People who really operate on Twitter take the time to at least grab a free, unique Twitter background to spice up their site. The really together people have pictures of their products, website logos, and other cool stuff.

13. Understand how other forms of social media work.

When I read “I linked Facebook too I believe,” it leads me to suspect that you don’t understand how other social-media channels work, either. Since coordinating your work in several social-media channels can save you time and help accelerate the level of help you get, you’ll want to learn how Facebook works, too.

In review

If you already excel at all nine of these social media skills, congratulations—you still have work to do. Social is a career path of lifelong learning, and continuing to hone these skills will benefit you at every stage of your career.

I look at skill development as a way to buy yourself time for other things. For example, if you’re already highly organized and efficient, you can spend more time developing one of your weaker skills, building your personal brand through speaking engagements or preparing to move into people management. Additionally, mastery in one area might open the door to your next career move—for example, if you’re phenomenal at data analysis, perhaps you’d make a great social strategist! Or if connection is your jam, you might be an incredible community manager.

Rachael is the Manager of Social Media at Sprout Social and was a mega Sprout fan and user prior to joining the team. Her main focus is to strategize and maintain our own social presence. Outside of work, Rachael is an avid squirrel enthusiast and massive meme-aholic!



Quick Grammar Tips To Help Improve Your Writing

A couple of simple mistakes I see people make all the time are choosing wrong when they’re trying to decide between affect or effect and between further or farther.Most of the time, affect is a verb and effect is a noun, so if you could substitute another verb (such as helped or hurt), choose affect, and if you can put an article in front of the word (such as the effect was stunning), choose effect.In American English, further is typically used for metaphorical distances (We won’t discuss this further) and farther is typically used for physical distances (How much farther is Boston?)

How to Improve Grammar? [Tips, Ways, & Rules Included]

Academic writing depends on the grammar & vocabulary of a person, as having a good command of them makes your sentences clear and understandable. The various details related to the time, place, who did what, who said to whom, etc., can be cleared only by using the correct grammar form.

Most students seek grammar tips that can help them write better quality academic papers with proper meaning & perspectives. That’s why the experts of Global Assignment Help are here with beneficial tips & rules that can assist you in composing the best essay for your college-level submission. Let’s start our journey with elements of grammar that can help in creating meaningful sentences.

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Reasons To Be Proud You’re From New York City

25 Reasons To Be Proud You're From New York City

The greatest city in the world is undeniably New York City. At times, we have all hated living in New York City. From the rat invested subways to the overly enthusiastic tourists, many New Yorkers seem to forget why so many people are in awe whenever they see those skyscrapers for the first time. Whether you were born in the big city, lived here your whole life or you just moved here recently, here are 25 reasons to remind you of why you should be proud you’re from the Big Apple.

Grammar Mistake 1: Falling in Love with “They”

For another option that may be more elegant than the sometimes-clunky “his or her,” I often suggest alternating use of the male pronoun with the female—employing “his” in one paragraph and “her” in the next.

This one gets under my skin. I’m not sure why it bothers me so much but I think it’s because people often think they’re being more learned by using “and I”—no matter the context. Maybe I’m afraid they’re judging me when I’m actually correct. Maybe I need to be a little less judgmental myself.

Still, you want to use correct grammar on your blog. That’s why you’ll want to use “Sophie and I” when “I” is a subject pronoun” (“I” am doing something) and “Sophie and me” for the object pronoun (something is being done to us).

For the record—and in case you are wondering—Sophie is my labradoodle. And, truthfully, I generally leave the rabbit chasing to her alone, despite any impression I may have given you that I chase rabbits.

Grammar Tips for Students to Compose College Level of Writing!

It can be difficult for students to use proper grammar in their writing. That’s why here are the essay helpers with grammar tips for college students to support them with better knowledge of grammar use.

You must use the active voice more often than using the passive voice. The passive voice creates a wordy sentence that provides information in a complex way.

The modifiers give extra detail of the main topic, for example, a vegetarian sandwich and a pink pen. This way, you can share a better level of data for the subject.

Understand that commas are used as a mark of separation within the sentence, whereas semicolons are used to connect independent clauses. So, use these properties properly and make your sentence perfect.

You should know the difference between words with the same pronunciation; for example, there, they’re, and there. These three words almost sound similar but have different meanings & usage. So, increase your vocabulary knowledge to use these terms correctly.

You will write a lot of essays in your college. So, it is vital to know that how you can refer to yourself in the writing. Using your name is not possible & correct in every sentence, so use the pronouns in place of your name; for example, I, my, me, or myself.

There are eight parts of speech- noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection, out of which we have discussed above. Every student has to learn the implementation of parts of speech in order to create the best essay for submission.

Above are the various grammar tips that can help you maintain a better flow & error-less paper for submission. College may give a lot of writing burden to you that you can decrease with our essay helpers. They will provide you with the best-written document that will be grammatically perfect & impressive.

Writing Tips from Bloggers for Bloggers

My No. 1 blog writing tip: Assume that people will be skimming your post, and likely reading less than 30 percent of it. Rather than fighting against this behavior, work with it.

Include lots of ways for people to enter into a piece—subheads, quotes, numbered or bulleted lists, images and graphs, bold text, or anything else that can help people take away some of the value quickly.

If readers see enough that sparks their interest, they’ll save it for later, or slow down and read it from beginning to end (if you’re lucky!).

Jane Friedman

Frances Caballo

Ginger Moran

When I blog I look for the natural divisions in the piece I am already writing. We hear about the importance of bullets and numbered lists to encourage reader retention as they scan your work to decide if they want to dive in, but where do those features come from?

When I look at how the piece is actually emerging a lot of times I can find the real internal structure and then the best way to design the piece comes from that.

Stuart Horwitz

Spend as much time on the title as you do on the blog. The title is what readers will see in their email. If it doesn’t intrigue them enough, they won’t open the email.

Michael Larsen

Speak to Their ‘Closeted’ Selves: Tough guys hide their gentle-as-a-kitten side, used car salespeople can be surprisingly honest and kindergarten teachers think some truly nasty thoughts.

Writing to your audience’s ‘secret’ self is a great way to have some fun, tell the truth and let your people know that you GET them. Readers love to feel seen, heard and understood, and when you can give voice to their secret thoughts, you create both intimacy and loyalty.